The intention of this blog is only to share the collections. Inadvertently if any file is under copyright, please intimate me so that it can be removed forthwith.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Ataana is a raga used mainly in concerts. It is considered to be a very catchy raga that gives a stage flavor for a musician when everything is going dull in a concert. It stimulates the audience by its qualities of Veeram, Bakthi rasam.
Ataana is a kind of raga where the arohana and avarohana are not strictly followed. First this was thought to be under 29th Melakartha Sankarabharanam with ga1 and ni1 as two annyaswaras (alien swara). But now it has been broadly agreed to be under 22nd Melakartha Karaharapriya with ni2 as the single annyaswara. When it was under Sankarabharanam the prayoga "ga2 ma1 ri2 sa" was used predominantely. But this has died as the time went off. As I said earlier the arohana-avarohana is not very strict here but one perception is: arohana: sa ri2 ma2 pa ni1 sa, and avarohana: sa da2 pa ma1 ri2 ma1(ga1) ri2 sa.
The ni2 (kakali nishatham) comes as annyaswara in certain prayogams but it does not exist in the arohana-avarohana. Some of the prayogams in which ni2 comes are sa ni2 da2, ri2 sa da2. In ri2 sa da2 in between singing sa and da2 we touch ni2 and come to da2. This gives a nice flavour to ataana. This also gives the Bhasanga status to the raga. Ri2 and da2 are most dheera swaras for this raga. "ga1" is the weak swara we can not stand in "ga1" for too long. And we can not have prayogas like "ga1 ga1 ri2 sa" as the same occurs for the raga Durbar. It should be sung as ri2 ma1 ri2 ma1 ri2 sa. Similarly the prayoga "ga1 ma1 ri2 sa" also occurs in Kaanada. But in the midst of other prayogas it does not give any flavor of Kaanada even when it is sung in the same fashion. This is the main beauty of our music it looks theoretically ambiguous but nothing looks ambiguous when sung.
The prayoga da da da gives a nice touch for Ataana. In the charanam of "Balaganaga maya/Ela nee dhayaraathu" composed by Saint Thyagaraja (perhaps his first song) i.e., "ra ra dhevathi deva" it gives a real touch of softness. It is a quite interesting prayoga because mostly all the other prayogas give a bold stature to the raga but this one gives a very soft touch. I think many will agree with me. "ma1 pa ri2 sa", "pa ri2 sa da2 ... ri2 sa da2... sa da2" all very good prayogas for Ataana.

  1. Baala kanakamaya - K. J. Yesudoss
  2. Baala kanakamaya - T. V. Sankaranarayanan
  3. graha bala - Ranjani & Gayathri
  4. Thiyaagaraaja swaami - Aruna Sairam
  5. Ambaa paaravthi ( aalapana) - Nithyashree
  6. Ambaa paarvathi - Nithyashree
  7. Baala kanakamaya - Nithyashree
  8. Munnai Ilangai - Sowmya
  9. Nee irangaayenil - Bombay Jayashree
  10. Raama naamamu - Madurai Somu
  11. Sri Mahaganapathim - Maharajapuram Santhanam
  12. Sri Vaidhyanatham - Bombay Jayashree
  13. Sri raama naama - K. J. Yesudoss
  14. Anupama - Bombay Jayashree
  15. Baala kanakamaya - Aruna Sairam
  16. Baala kanakamaya - S. Janaki
  17. Nee irangaayenil - P. Unnikrishnan
  18. Sri vaidhyanatham - Nithyashree
  19. Ada Naaraayana - Sowmya
  20. Kaala kaalan kayilai nathan - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  21. Madhura madhura - Aruna Sairam
  22. Raa raa raghuveera - Maharajapuram Santhanam
  23. Anupama gunaambudhi - Sudha Raghunathan
  24. Baala kanakamaya - Sowmya
  25. Ilalao pranadharthi - Bombay Jayashree
  26. Kaala kaalan - T. V. Sankaranarayanan
  27. Sakala graha bala - S. P. Raamh
  28. Madhura madhura - O.S. Arun
  29. Bhajana seyaraadha - T. N. Seshagopalan
  30. Sri mahaganapathim - Nithyashree
  31. Nee irangaayenil - M. S. Subbalakshmi
  32. Parama paavani - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  33. Thiruvadi charnamappa - Sowmya
  34. Thyaagaraaja swaami - Ranjani & Gayathri
  35. Malai mugqadu - T. M. Krishna
  36. Mummoorthulu - T. M. Krishna
  37. Naaradha gaana lola - P. Unnikrishnan
  38. Velli nilavinile - T. N. Seshagopalan
  39. Nee irangaayenil - Bombay sisters
  40. Sakalagraha bala - Bombay Jayashri
  41. Naarada - Balamuralikrishna
  42. Yepappamu - T.K. Rangachari
  43. Ilalo pranadharthi - T. K. rangachari
  44. Baalakanaka maya - T. K. Rangachari
  45. Naarada gaana - T. K. Rangachari
  46. Epaapamu - T. K. Rangachari
  47. Baalakanakamaya - Sanjay Subramanian
  48. Gopakumara - Unknown to me ( If some body knows this artist please let me know)